Off the Grid Mountain Adventures to bring go-kart track to Elizabethton

Published 2:10 pm Thursday, February 28, 2019

Off the Grid Mountain Adventures owner, Monie McCoury was full of excitement Wednesday afternoon.

His company, which he owns with his wife Janice, broke ground on its new go-cart track which is set to open in 2019.

“We are going to do a quarter-mile oval, and we are going to have some banked turns,” said McCoury. “We are going to let them run.”

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McCoury said that he is going to do something different with Off the Grid’s track.

“Most tracks will send one cart out and then another cart and another cart,” said McCoury. “We are going to have a pace car just like they do in Nascar. We are going to lead everybody around the track so they can get a feel for the cart and how to operate it. It also allows our track supervisors a chance to view the drivers. Everybody has different skill sets. If we look and see somebody that doesn’t have that right of skill sets for the group they are with, we will hold them back to run with a different group.”

The track, which will be made out of clay and will feature ten go-carts, will be more about fun instead of competition.

“They will have about an eight-minute run,” said McCoury. “We aren’t going to time this. You are really going to be racing against yourself. It will be about getting out there and having fun.”

Inside the nine-horsepower, Bintelli go-karts, riders will be able to reach up roughly 45 miles per hour, said McCoury.

“Believe me, in a go-cart, that feels like you are running a hundred,” said McCoury. “So we are going to have your helmets, safety belts, you are going to the have the five-point harness seatbelts. Neck protectors.”

Riders will have to be a minimum of 14 years old, a minimum of five-feet tall, and a minimum of 100 pounds to race.

McCoury said that the go-kart track, which will be called the Mountain Motor Speedway, will only add to Off the Grid’s selection of zip lines and other attractions.